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Chrome OS on Beta receives new launcher with Google Now

If you're testing out Chrome OS beta, you'd be happy to know that Google has added a new feature that is expected to speed things up: the Chrome Launcher 2.0. Launchers have been very useful on smartphones but it's only now that desktops can take advantage of them the same way in mobile devices. Launchers are not just simple shortcuts because they offer more information and easy access to apps you often use.

6 more countries can now buy the Nexus 6

Just merely two weeks after the Nexus 6 was officially released in the US through Verizon, 6 more countries have been added to the growing list of those that can purchase this brand new Motorola-made device. Through the newly-launched Google Store site (an offshoot of the Google Play Store), those who live in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Portugal will now be able to experience the power of Google's newest smartphone.

View custom My Maps on your Google Maps app for Android

Don't be confused with the two. Google Maps and My Maps are two different apps but they have almost similar purpose. That is, to help you with navigation and prevent you from getting lost. Google recently announced that you can now view your saved My Maps on the updated Google Maps app for Android. This means those custom maps you've been saving for future use can be viewed right on the Google Maps app for Android.

Organize your notes in new Google Keep update

In case you have a gazillion notes saved on your Google Keep and the organized person in you is just screaming for some semblance of order, the folks over at Google have finally heard your cry for help. An update to the sticky note-ish app brings a way to bring order to the chaos by introducing labels. It has also made Keep a legit productivity helper by adding recurring reminders for the to-do notes that you, uhm, keep in it.

Google to reportedly launch “Pony Express” online bill payment

It is not a secret that Google is out to digitize the world, from information to media and now, even for our bill payments. A leaked document shows that the tech giant is planning to launch a new service called Pony Express which would allow our Gmail accounts to receive and organize all our monthly and annual bills into just one place. What's more it will allow you to even make payments without leaving your email.

Cyanogen raises $80M for anti-Google warchest

It’s been a while since someone had the guts and the cojones to take on Google at its own game, but most forward-looking people in the industry agree that it’s right about time someone did. Enter the loud and confident Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, Inc., last year’s enfant terrible of the mobile tech industry. His most recent fundraising round generated around USD$80 million, even famously without Microsoft’s support, and everything seems to be “green-and-go” for Cyanogen OS.

Google slowly rolling out “On-Body Detection” mode to Android users

Don't you just hate it when you suddenly leave your smartphone unlocked on a table and people start posting unwanted stuff on your social media just to annoy or embarrass you? Or worse, when people have the nerve to steal your unlocked device left somewhere out there? Well, if Google does roll out this new feature to all Android devices, then your problems may be partly solved. They can't help you if you're too forgetful and leave your phone a lot.

Nexus Player now ready for pre-order in the UK via Amazon [UPDATE]

The Nexus Player may have been announced five months ago but it's only now that those in the UK can avail of digital media set-top box player co-manufactured by Google and Asus. It's a set-top box alright but it's actually a not so boxy circle as we noted before. It's a sort of Android TV which was quickly approved by FCC soon after it was launched. In the United States, it was also immediately listed for pre-order and was made available in November together with an Asus gamepad. Soon enough, compatible games were lined up and sports content were added.